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Fancy’s Kids

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Kidding season officially closed tonight with the birth of Fancy’s twins.  All told, we got 12 kids.  One premature and stillborn, one premature and now deceased, and 10 healthy strapping kids – 5 bucks and 5 does.

Fancy has been our lowest-maintenance goat throughout the time we’ve had them.  No hoof trims needed, no worming, no nothing.  Which is good because she’s also the most standoffish and hardest to catch.  So I was hoping that if any of the goats needed help, it wouldn’t be Fancy.


She had the longest labor of anyone.  She started when I got home from school around 3:30 and finally finished giving birth around 9:30 at night.  In the rain.  In the cold.  But the kids were strong and vibrant.  One dark 8-lb buck and one light 7-lb doe, so she “bucked” the trend I talked about yesterday of the dark does and light bucks that all the other does had.  In fact, her little doeling looks almost exactly like her.

Fancy cleaned her kids off well and then….


Oh no!  Every time one of the kids got near her udder they received a swift kick to the head.  She would let them suck at her knees, her chest, her sides, but not her udder.

I sat in the rain and watched this go on for way too long wondering if I should intervene.  The kids were holding up their end of the bargain.  They were tenacious about sucking and trying to find the udder and nipples.  They searched, they sucked, they bleated, but she wouldn’t let them on.

So finally I decided that we’d have to help her get the hang of it.  I went to get Lindsey and we both trekked out in the rain.  The plan was to hold Fancy and let the kids latch on with the hope that Fancy would figure it out.  When we got out to the paddock we decided to wait 5 or 10 minutes longer and she finally did let the kids nurse.


After they had both gotten a good drink we carried them underneath the portable shelter to help them stay as dry as possible before we went back in for the night.

One calf to go, then only small stuff for the rest of the year.  Rabbits and chickens are much less stressful!

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Miss Priss’ Kids

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Miss Priss dropped her kids on us today – a huge 8 lb buckling and a teeny tiny 4 lb doeling.  Lindsey said that the buckling hogged all the space and food inside.  But both seem to be healthy and vigorous.  They certainly have good lungs because they both yelled really loudly when they got their #7 and #8 ear tags.

Priss is the only experienced doe we have.  All of the others are having their first kids.  Priss is much more aggressive about getting her kids up and about as well as chasing away other curious creatures – goats, other kids, calves, cows, and me!  She gave me a nice little headbutt while I was putting iodine on her kids’ umbilical cords.  Good mom!

Fancy is out in the pasture about to give birth, so there may be another post later tonight!

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Ebony’s Kids

New mom Ebony.

While making the morning rounds this lovely Sunday, I saw that Ebony had new kids.  She must have delivered in the early morning hours.  Both kids are healthy and happily nursing.

Ebony had a doe kid first.  She weighed in at 6.25 pounds.  The buck tipped the scales at an even 7 pounds.  So far Ebony and Ivory have color coded their kids.  The bucks are white and the does are darker with black markings.  That will make sorting easier later on – I hope that trend continues!

Of course, after finding them I dipped the umbilical cords in iodine, weighed them, and gave them their new earrings – #3 and #4.

We’ve got 3 more does due any day now.  Nadine needs to deliver soon – she looks three times as wide as she is tall!

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Meet our new herdsire, Apollo!  At least that’s his given name.  I don’t know if it will stick or not, but I am certain that at a minimum Lindsey will anoint him with a rank at a point in the near future.  I’m predicting Admiral even though I’m pretty sure he doesn’t own a boat.

Apollo is a registered Kiko goat. The majority of our does are Kikos and the breed is reknowned abroad for their ease of maintenance.  They are called the “go anywhere, do anything goat.”  Well-bred Kikos have good sound hooves, good udders, plenty of milk, and grow quickly on pasture or browse with very little intervention from the goat herder.  Read: they don’t need grain or consistent deworming.

I got to see lots of Apollo’s progeny at his former farm, and they look great!  I also noticed that the does we have right now are a lot larger-framed than the does in the other farm’s herd, so I’m hopeful that Apollo will produce even nicer kids with our does.

This will be our first year breeding the goats.  4 of ours were too young to be bred last winter and the other 2 had had kids left on them for 6-7 months without being weaned and so were really thin when we got them.  I decided the best course of action was to give them a season off to recover their body condition.

Now all of the goats are in prime breeding condition, so I’m hoping that we’ll get multiple sets of twins so that we’ll have a good selection from which to choose superior does to add to our herd.  The animals we don’t retain as future breeders will be sold as pets, brush-eaters, or grown out for meat.  We should have 4-8 pure Kiko kids and 2-4 BoKi (Boer/Kiko crosses) from which to choose.

Apollo is very friendly and curious about me whenever I enter the paddock, even though it’s breeding season and he’s got does to watch over.  He’s very easy to handle as well.  He always wants to be petted first thing, which is cute but also a little gross because of his “goat cologne.”

For people who haven’t been around goats, during the breeding season goat bucks will spray their urine on their beards and front legs.  This advertises his virility and machismo to any does in the area and for some reason does find this “goat cologne” irresistable.  I find that the smell is hard to get off of your hands.

If all happens as it should from here, then we should start getting our first round of goat kids on or about April 11, 2012!

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